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PCNS issues 15 recommendations on ‘missing’ persons’ issue

Published Jan 08, 2013 11:31am

Senator Mian Raza Rabbani.  — File Photo
Senator Mian Raza Rabbani. — File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) on Tuesday issued 15 recommendations pertaining to the missing persons’ cases in Pakistan.

Senator Mian Raza Rabbani chaired the commission’s session that was held in Islamabad.

According to the recommendations issued by the committee, a person’s arrest by any agency or department must be in accordance with Article 10 of the Constitution while activities of intelligence agencies must be regulated.

The recommendations also stated that the chief justices of the Supreme Court and High Courts form special benches in their respective courts to hear the cases of missing persons.

The list of recommendations also proposes strict action in accordance with the Constitution and the law against officers who detain people illegally.

It also proposed that the government should enter the names of those arrested in a computerised register within 24 hours of the arrest. The arrested individual should be informed about the sections used against him or her within 24 hours of the arrest.

The list also recommended that all training institutes of the army, intelligence agencies and police should be administered in accordance with the law.

The list calls for the government to announce immediate prison reforms and also take measures to provide knowledge of fundamental rights to its police trainees.

The committee recommended that no action be taken against officials who present the missing persons in court within the stipulated time.

Speaking to media representatives after the session, Rabbani said the 15 recommendations would be presented in the Senate and the National Assembly, adding that the government should implement the committee’s recommendations in order to recover the missing persons.